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LIRNEasia @ 5 : research –> policy –> knowledge-based economies

LIRNEasia celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2009 December, starting with the the annual CPRsouth4 conference in Negombo, Sri Lanka held from 5 – 8 December, 2009.  This was followed by an international conference  (LA@5) with a stellar cast, held in Colombo from 9 –  11 December. Below is the agenda for LA@5, with links to speaker bios and PPT presentations.

View photos:  Day 1 | Day 2Day 3 | Photo exhibition on Mobile use at the BOP

View relevant blog posts on the event, using the search term:  LIRNEasia@5

LIRNEasia‘s five-year review report can be viewed here.


9 December 2009

Time Topic Speakers*
1800-1830 Opening Ceremony and Welcome Invited Guests, including
H.E. Bruce Levy, High Commissioner for Canada
Stephen McGurk, IDRC, India
Rohan Samarajiva, LIRNEasia
1830-2000 Evidence-based policymaking in Asia: the Indian path or the Chinese path? Chair & Moderator – Milinda Moragoda, M.P. , Minister of Justice and Law Reforms, Sri Lanka
Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Center for Policy Research, India
Xue Lan, Tsinghua University, China
+ discussion | Presentation
2000- Dinner

10 December 2009

Time Topic Speakers*
0900 – 1010 Research –> Policy Chair – Robin Mansell, LSE, UK
Phet Sayo, IDRC, India | Presentation
Rajat Kathuria, ICRIER, India
Emmanuel Lallana, IdeaCorp, The Philippines | Presentation
Per Helmersen, Telenor Research and Innovation, Norway
Rohan Samarajiva, LIRNEasia
1010 – 1030 Networking Break
1030 – 1130 Knowledge to Innovation Chair – Stephen McGurk, IDRC, India
Sujata Gamage, LIRNEasia | Presentation
Glenda Kruss, Human Science Research Council, South Africa | Presentation
Rasheed Sulaiman, Centre for Research on Innovation and Science Policy, India | Presentation
Veena Ravichandran, IDRC, Canada
1130 – 1220 Measuring Sector Performance Chair – Tim KellyinfoDev, World Bank, USA
Helani Galpaya, LIRNEasia | Presentation
Hernan Galperin, DIRSI, Argentina | Presentation
Alison Gillwald, RIA, South Africa | Presentation
1220 – 1345 Lunch + Presentation on Sri Lanka’s wildlife by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne , Jetwings Eco Holidays | Presentation
1345 – 1445 New Approaches to Regulation Chair – Sherille Ismail, FCC, USA
Tahani Iqbal, LIRNEasia & Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National U Singapore | Presentation
Johannes Bauer, Michigan State University, USA | Presentation
Timothy Gonsalves, IIT-Madras, India | Presentation
Rohan Samarajiva, LIRNEasia
1445 – 1500 Networking Break
1500 – 1630 Mobile 2.0 for Commerce and Entertainment Chair – Helani Galpaya, LIRNEasia
Harsha de Silva, LIRNEasia | Presentation
Ayesha Zainudeen, LIRNEasia | Presentation
Puree Sirasoontorn, Thammasat University, Thailand
K F Lai, BuzzCity, Singapore
Chirag Jain, GupShup, India
1630 – 1800 Proof of the pudding 1 (regulators and policy makers) Chair – William Melody, LIRNE.NET & Aalborg U, Denmark
Muhammed Yaseen, Chairman, PTA, Pakistan
Sudharma Yoonaidharma, NTC, Thailand
Joseph Wilson, Competition Commission, Pakistan
R.K. Arnold, Secretary, TRAI, India
Ananda Raj Khanal, Secretary, NTA, Nepal
Ilyas Ahmed, Communication Authority of the Maldives
Koesmarihati Sugondo, DG PosTel (and former regulator, BRTI), Indonesia | Presentation
Wangay Dorji, BIMA, Bhutan
Pirongrong Ramasoota Rananand, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand | Presentation
1800 – 1900 Free Time
1900 – Dinner & Party @ The Galle Face Hotel (across the street from the Taj)

11 December 2009

Time Topic Speakers*
0900 – 0950 Inclusive knowledge-based economies Chair- Partha Mukhopadhyay, Center for Policy Reseach, India
Rohan Samarajiva, LIRNEasia | Presentation
Robin Mansell, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK | Presentation
Deunden Nikomborirak, Thailand Development Research Institute | Presentation
B.P. Sanjay, Central University of Tamil Nadu, India | Presentation
Deepal Sooriyaarachchi, Eagle Insurance & Education Subcommittee of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Sri Lanka
0950 – 1015 Networking Break
1015 – 1125 AgInfo –> AgStrategy Chair – Evan Due, IDRC, Singapore
Sriganesh Lokanathan, LIRNEasia | Presentation
Harsha de Silva, LIRNEasia
Ranjit Pawar, Reuters Market Light, India | Presentation
Anjani Sinha, National Spot Exchange Limited, India | Presentation
Fiona Smith, GSMA, India | Presentation
1125 – 1240 Beyond Typical Early Warning Chair – Chanuka Wattegama, LIRNEasia
Nuwan Waidyanatha, LIRNEasia, China | Presentation
Rohan Samarajiva, LIRNEasia | Presentation
Divakar Goswami, ex-LIRNEasia, India
Atiq Ahmed, Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC), Thailand
Stuart Weinstein, Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, Honolulu, USA
1240 – 1400 Lunch
1400 – 1510 Strategies by the BOP: Understanding the BOP Chair – Randy Spence, ESDA, Canada | Presentation
Ayesha Zainudeen, LIRNEasia | Presentation
Christoph Stork, RIA, South Africa | Presentation
Aditya Dev Sood, CKS, India
Tim KellyinfoDev, World Bank, USA | Presentation
1510 – 1530 Networking Break
1530 – 1620 Strategies for the BOP: What this means for business Chair – Harsha de Silva, LIRNEasia
Kentaro Toyama, Microsoft Research, India | Presentation
Sultanur Reza, Grameenphone, Bangladesh | Presentation
Helani Galpaya, LIRNEasia
1620 – 1730 Proof of the Pudding 2 (service providers, operators and manufacturers) Chair – Divakar Goswami, Deloitte Research, India
Kristin Due Hauge, GSMA, UK
Hans Wijayasuriya, Axiata, Malaysia
Dumindra Ratnayake, Tigo, Sri Lanka
Sanna Eskelinen, Nokia, Finland | Presentation
K.F. Lai, BuzzCity, Singapore
1730 – Close of conference, followed by free time and dinner in groups

*All affiliations are for identification purposes only


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